“I am a serious candidate,” Michele Bachmann says
SIOUX CITY – Michele Bachmann wants some respect, especially from Newt Gingrich.
For two days in a row the sole woman in the Republican presidential campaign has demanded that she be respected as a serious candidate for president.
She has aimed most of her anger at Gingrich, the current front-runner, who said during Thursday’s debate that Bachmann didn’t have all her facts straight in her attacks on him.
“I am not a student of his. I am a serious candidate for the presidency and I think it is important that I be treated as an equal on that stage,” Bachmann told reporters before boarding a bus for a 10-day visit of Iowa’s 99 counties.
“He had made these accusations before, that my facts weren’t right. But he didn’t have an answer for the $1.6 million that he took to bring about undue influence regarding Freddie Mac.”
Bachmann has repeatedly tried to raise doubts about Gingrich’s conservative principles and accused him of being a Washington lobbyist for accepting up to $1.6 million in payments from troubled mortgage giant Freddie Mac, which was at the heart of America’s housing crisis.
Asked if Gingrich was being sexist she would only say, “I think that would be an observation that people who are looking at it will have to make.”
Bachmann, a Tea Party favorite who is fighting to win over conservative Iowa voters, was a bit more angry in the debate last night.
“This isn’t just once, I think it’s just outrageous to continue to say over and over through the debates that I don’t have my facts right, when as a matter of fact, I do,” Bachmann said. “I am a serious candidate for the President of the United States, and my facts are accurate.”
Alleen Johnson of Le Mars, Iowa, had encouraging words for the Minnesota congresswoman. “We pay no attention to those poll numbers,” she told Bachmann at a campaign stop at the Le Mars Family Table Restaurant. “We are listening to what you have said — we believe you. We know that you can take on Obama. We are praying for you. We just want you to know, honey, that hopefully in January of 2013 we will call you Madam President.”
Watch Bachmann’s remarks at Thursday’s debate below. Her “I’m a serious candidate” comment begins at the 2:45 mark: